Qantas domestic flights to get Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel


Passengers flying with Qantas will be able to watch thousands of hours of their favourite TV show and films for free, listen to 30million-plus songs and enjoy live sport - all at 35,000 feet. The first planes to bring the service to consumers will take off later this month, with the service rolling out to the rest of Qantas' domestic fleet by mid-2017.

The airline first announced the technological upgrade past year, confirming that it would use idle data capacity made available through the NBN satellite service to bring Wi-Fi speeds that are up to 10 times faster than speeds offered by other airlines.

Passengers on board Qantas domestic flights will now be able to stream television shows and music via Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify.

Qantas group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs, Olivia Wirth, says: "What a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn't get to see at the cinema".

Today's flyers on premium airlines, even in economy, expect either in-seat entertainment or the ability to hook into a library of titles via tablets.

It is understood Qantas said it has not yet made a decision about what it plans to do in the long-run in terms of its inflight entertainment systems.

Foxtel will offer Qantas customers three days of access to live and on-demand content through its app each time they fly.

Qantas added in its statement that it is also now in talks with suppliers to extend Wi-Fi services onto its worldwide and regional (QantasLink) fleets to "develop a product that can overcome a number of technical, performance and coverage challenges, including options for Wi-Fi over large stretches over water". Spotify and Netflix are giving away 30-day trials, and Foxtel is offering three days of full access.

Excitingly for non-Australians, Qantas says it's looking into installing the new services on global flights too.